Virgin Voyages on the Scarlet Lady
Sea of Red with Epic Sunsets and Epic Rendezvous

Sir Richard Branson a British billionaire, entrepreneur, and business magnate doesn’t do anything halfway.  In the 1970s he founded the Virgin Group, which today controls more than 400 companies in various fields. When it comes to his epic Virgin Voyages he truly knows how to make you feel like a rockstar.

Scarlet Lady is Virgin Voyages premium take on what luxury cruising is all about. She is beautiful and red hot! Sailing from PortMiami, Scarlet will whisk you away to amazing destinations in style.

We set sail the Virgin Way with Champagne in hand, saying bon voyage to Miami and here we come Costa Maya! Once a sleepy enclave of fishing villages nestled between the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, today Costa Maya is a gateway to incredible natural wonders, ancient Mayan ruins, and some of Mexico’s best diving.  

Bacalar Lagoon in the state of Quintana Roo is only a short hour’s drive from Puerto Costa Maya, making for an easy day trip to paradise where 7 shades of blue await. Bacalar is definitely worth a visit if you’re looking for a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Other than the main attraction Bacalar Lagoon, there are Mayan ruins, historical landmarks, and cenotes.  

Back onboard, Scarlet Lady is your oyster. Grab a cone from Lick Me Till… Ice Cream before heading to your suite to get ready for some fun at the DanceShowPartyThing where you shake it all out at this hype music video disguised as an absurdist style dance party. Did I mention that this is an Adult Only cruise?

Had too much fun the night before? Well, there’s a cure for that at the IV Hydration Therapy! Using vitamin and nutrient-rich solutions, to hydrate and restore your energy levels with intravenous therapy.  Another great way to get your groove back is at the Redemption spa, which, they call the state of well-being as Vitamin Sea.  From Atonement Deep Tissue Massage, Awakening Bamboo Massage, Salvation Swedish Massage to Deliverance Hot Mineral Massage, who can argue the state of well-being of Vitamin Sea?

From Cosmic Blowouts and Celestial Cocktails, Heavenly High Brow Bar to Starry-eyed Lashes at the Dry Dock, there seems to be no end to the many services onboard the Scarlet! Duty Free anyone? Prices are cheaper than in the USA. Try your hand with lady luck — there’s a casino onboard too!

Day at Sea—Thankfully the toughest decision was whether to spend the day by the pool or in your Yellow Leaf hammock at your Clever Cabin terrace, all the while taking in the sea views and sounds of the waves. These Clever Cabins are spaciously equipped with a glam area for you to get ready, a Roomy Rainshower and a dreamy bed. If you want to be more social, you can request for your Seabed to be transformed into a comfy sofa during the day and order in from the room service  menu. For a little R&R, you can also spend some time at the Redemption Spa, their mermaid and merman hideaway. The Thermal Suite features a hydrotherapy pool, mud room (mud included), salt room, cold plunge pools, quartz beds, all for a nominal fee. If you want to spurge a bit on yourself and/or your significant other, why not get a rejuvenating spa treatment or two. You are worth it and won’t regret it!

After a relaxing day at sea, we were ready to have an all-out fiesta at the Pink Agave. They’ll transport your tastebuds to the vibrant streets of Mexico City through Pink Agave’s authentic flavors and expansive array of mezcal. Pro tip: bring your camera for one of Scarlet’s best photo ops — the entrance to Pink Agave. 

After an incredible dinner and one too many mezcals, it was time to see one of the many entertainment shows onboard. And on this night we chose Duel Reality. This signature performance examines the age-old tale of Romeo & Juliet with a modern twist featuring acrobatic storytelling. It was spellbinding. Worthy of Cirque du Soleil and Broadway. 

Grog Walk did you say? A fun pub walk to discover Scarlet Lady’s best drinks and bites as we made our way to all signature bars. After that it was snooze time. Lights out. Finito.

Ahhh, a new day awaits and what a treat…we have arrived in Bimini, Virgin Voyages Beach Club in the Bahamas. It is a stunning collision of restoration and exploration — with the luxury of St. Tropez, the raw beauty of the Maldives, and the energy of Ibiza. And, at the end of the night we said goodbye with a bonfire bash under the stars. What more can you ask for?

Did I say more? There is sunrise yoga over looking the sea to crazy VHS workouts with neon tights to the tune of the 80’s, all food from refined dining to relaxed casual, all of their 20+ eateries featuring menus curated by Michelin star chefs are yours to enjoy. Essential Drinks to stay hydrated with still and sparkling water, non-pressed juices, sodas, teas and even drip coffee. Wifi is also included, so browse, post, and stay connected whenever you want, and wherever you are on the ship. Shows & Entertainment developed by the world’s most-talked-about producers and artists, and yes, you are on the A-list! So, just book the ones you want to go to on your app, and enjoy their awe-inspiring shows. 

Gunbae is the first Korean Barbecue on a cruise — delish! Be prepared to play fun games and say Gunbae and drink a lot! Test Kitchen is laboratory-like eatery designed by Concrete Amsterdam is part cooking school and part restaurant, making it the ultimate chance for discovery through cuisine with an atmosphere that is educational, experiential and social all in one. Only a list of ingredients will be provided to us, and our meal will be put in the hands of the chef to deliver incredible cuisine. Just think Good Eats. My favorite was our final night’s dinner. We enjoyed a glamorous dinner at The Wake complete with steak, seafood and rich desserts. It was one of the very best. I must say I’ve been to many incredible restaurants and this one is definitely on that list!

The last Rendezvous favorite was Welcome to Scarlet Night that reigns supreme above all others. This fully immersive celebration follows a fabled love between the mysterious Goddess of the Sea and the Sailor who won her heart, culminating in an epic, can’t miss pool party at the Aquatic Club. Wear Red or a red scarf or just anything red. You are going to be immersed in a Sea of Red.

Did I say more, more? My personal favorite Moet Chandon! It is freely poured at Richard’s Rooftop…an exclusive chic outdoor lounge reserved for the ship’s

suite guests and of-course when you book Rockstar Quarters — where super-yachts meet luxury cruises, Scarlet Lady RockStar Quarters bring you the lifestyle you deserve. Accents of brass, stunning marble bathrooms, spacious stargazing terraces, Champagne tables and exclusive treatment are yours in these VIP suites. Live out your holiday dreams and be the rockstar you are!

Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady is quite inexpensive and you get so much for your money. 5-nights of pure bliss. With dining at 20+ eateries, all gratuities covered, free wifi, basic beverages and unlimited group fitness classes — all included in the voyage fare. Alcoholic beverages are quite reasonable in price as well. Great entertainment, singers and musicians to boot!

Well-being will be at the forefront of the onboard experience, activated through a mix of high-energy moments coupled with relaxation and rejuvenation. Virgin Voyages is committed to having one of the cleanest fleets at sea. It is a super fun and sophisticated cruise. All are welcome onboard and what a wonderful sight that is in our world today. I have followed Richard on his many accomplishments and it shows how wonderful of a person he really is.